Leo Messi gave a long interview, published in Italy by ‘DAZN’, recalling his beginnings as a footballer, his current status in Barcelona and his challenges for the future. The Argentine acknowledged missing Cristiano and that his duels will remain “forever.” the beginning: “I played soccer seven, in Malvinas, the Newell’s field, and it was more forward, but there each one moved from different sides. I moved around the top, behind the tip, and as a child I felt comfortable there “.Quarry: “I have a lot of what I learned as a kid, on the street, playing on the stone, dirt court, and then I owe a lot to the Barça quarry, where I worked totally differently than what I had done in Argentina. a different philosophy from anywhere in the world: I grew up as a player, without losing what I had. “Philosophy: “In the first months it was difficult for me to understand the way of playing football that the Barcelona quarry had. I spent time without playing because of paper issues, I started and I got injured … It was not easy to understand such a marked philosophy, although doing so as a child is more easy”.Position: “When I arrived at the first team they sent me to play on the right. I had no other left, but it was a totally new position for me. I got used to it little by little, I was delighted because I played and eventually took care of the position, playing a changed leg made it easy for me to get in. “False nine: “It was a surprise for me. Guardiola told me that he was watching the Real Madrid games a lot, that he had been talking to Tito and that they had thought he was going to play a fake nine: he was going to send Eto’o and Henry for outside, and I was in the center, to join the media too. The idea was for the centrals to follow me and the two fast ends we had stung from behind. There is one of Henry’s goals that is like that. “Change: “Does Valdano say that I can play in any position? He loves me a lot (laughs). It’s true that in recent years I got used to getting a little late, having more contacts with the ball, getting more together with the midfielders. This happened when we stopped having Xavi and Iniesta, with them we had a lot of ball possession throughout the game. “Physical: “I felt a physical change in the beginning until today, because I think it is automatic, one is growing at a football, technical and physical level, and it was like that in every way. When one is turning years of age one realizes things that, when you are younger, you do not see them. From 20 to 24 you can do what you want, that the body does not feel it … From there, you have to take special care, they are many matches, a lot of effort, and the physicist does not forgive. “Sons: “Since Thiago was born, I reduced my parties a lot, and now that I have three children, even less. The pace of my life depends a lot on the boys: we finished training, I return home to eat fast and go out to look for them at school. Yes, my naps were cut a lot (laughs). “Records: “I do not give importance to the records, but today you find out everything through social networks, by friends, colleagues, the press … It is very difficult not to reach you, in the end I end up finding out, but the truth is that I I’m not looking much at these things. “Suspenders: “Gento? I would like to match his 12 Leagues, even, or beat him … But I would like it for what it would mean for all of us to win so many, not for the record itself.”Pichichi: “The goal record in the League is important and significant, spectacular players passed here, the best in the world. Being my historical scorer is special. He is one of the most beautiful records I have, an honor. They are many years here, I don’t know if others stayed that long, and that helped me a lot to keep growing at the goal level. “Fun: “I’m still having fun, obviously with a lot of responsibility, but the secret is to have fun, and when you do things come out more natural, easier.”Fans: “I have always received a lot of love in the whole world, I am grateful, I do what I like and I enjoy it, then people who think what I want both today and in the future.” Christian: “They were many years and it is not easy to keep so many years competing at the highest level, and more in the teams in which we were, as demanding, as are Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two best in the world. Competing as equals as many years will remain forever, the sporting duel was very nice personally and I think people enjoyed it, whether it be Madrid, Barça or in general everyone who likes football. “Classics: “The games against Madrid are always special, but when I was Cristiano they were much more. But hey, they are stages that we are burning, that we leave behind, and it continues.”Job: “I still want to learn, that helps me a lot. I was left with a lot of penalties and it bothers me, the way to improve is to train it, study the rivals … As I suppose they do with me.”Xavi and Iniesta: “They were two incomparable players, very difficult to copy. I looked at them a lot, both when I had them as partners or when I saw them from the outside. I like to learn, get things from teammates and rivals.”The league: “LaLiga has grown a lot and is increasingly matched. It was said that it was only the three-team championship, in reality they were very close seasons, and that it is very difficult to win in any field. Going visitors is becoming more complicated, the small teams become strong at home and know that their chance to achieve the goals is to win at home. “Difficulty: “Football is very tactical, very studied, in most games the opponent locks back and leaves you no spaces. It is true that before there was more space, more time to think. Today everything is much more difficult.”Equipment: “The collective is essential. Today any team with players without much talent can match you and even win. With order, with work, effort and constant help.”Markings: “Man-to-man marking doesn’t bother me, but when it’s like that you know they are ugly matches, it’s rare to have one always close. It didn’t happen much either, it doesn’t bother me, but they’re weird, different matches. I don’t remember one in particular. Maffeo del Girona? Yes, it may be, that was exaggerated (laughs). “Defenses: “I never complained, I think that contact and kicks are part of these games. The tickets bother me when they are in bad milk, yes, but if not, everything is part of the game, I do not take it badly “. Goal scorer: “It seems weird, but when I was little I didn’t have to score many goals. I remember that in the first years in the first team it was hard for me, or I was missing or I was lucky. Eto’o once told me: ‘The day you start doing goals, you’re not going to stop. ”I missed a lot, until one day the ball went in, and they all started to come in.”Obsession: “Every time I think less about the goal, I throw myself a little further back, I try to be the creator, rather than define. Obviously I like it, and if the possibility comes welcome it is, but on the court I get less and less mentalized in that I have never been obsessed, although I understand that it is spoken when I do not frame much, but it is part of the growth, of continuing to seek the best for myself and for the team. “Favorite goal: “I always said that the goals I prefer are the most important, rather than for beauty. I think of the Champions League finals, both of them to Manchester United, the one of the semifinal against Real Madrid I also remember it a lot for what it meant … But I would have to review them and see them all to choose my favorite. “Goal against Getafe: “It was not a goal of great importance, but it was similar to what Diego did, although the moment and the match with one another had nothing to do with it. The play was similar, though.”Faults: “Before when I threw a foul, I settled and kicked for kicking, I tried to pass the barrier and go to the goal, I did it without thinking. Until I was training, I perfected the positioning, the steps, the punch, trying to set foot one way or another … But this is also going on streaks, sometimes you have the luck that they all go inside, and sometimes you throw five or six and they all stick to the barrier.It is all work, training.Each has his way of kicking , it is very difficult to copy another, everyone must do their own thing, find their way. “Penalties: “The penalties do not worry me, but erring them bothers me, nobody likes me. I also understand that it is part of the game, it is increasingly difficult because the goalkeepers are faster than before, they study you, everything is more prepared.”
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… “No reason for celebration” – Education MinisterDespite Guyana recording a minimal increase at the 2017 Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) examinations, the Education Minister has indicated that she is not satisfied with the country’s performance, especially given alarming results attained in critical subject areas such as Mathematic and English.The Ministry on Tuesday released its annual report on the country’s performance at the CSEC examinations, during which it was revealed that Guyana this year recorded a 0.29 per cent increase in the overall performance.Education Minister Nicolette Henry during the release of the 2017 CSEC resultsThis was as Education Minister Nicolette Henry took to the podium at NCERD on Tuesday to present an overview of the country’s accomplishments at CSEC 2017.Henry conveyed to the gathering, “Overall we saw and increase of one per cent and there were 35 subjects that we took this year.”She went on to say, “Guyana achieved 63.68 per cent pass rate with Grades One to Three and that is against 63.39 per cent in 2016. Of these, 12.49 per cent of the entries gained Grade Ones, 22.72 per cent gained Grade Twos and 28.47 per cent gained Grade Threes.”While outlining the performance of the students, Henry indicated that of the 35 subjects pursued this year, there was a 100 per cent pass rated achieved for two subjects while for 10 other subjects areas, 90 per cent of the students managed to secure outstanding performances.An additional 14 subjects have seen improvement in the overall pass rate as well.However, despite of those positive accomplishments, the Education Minister lamented over the fact that four subject areas projected no improvements, while a whopping 11 subjects recorded a decline in performance.Mathematics, English Language (English A) and Literate (English B) were all among the subjects recording worrisome pass rates.Whereas the already troubling pass rate for English A at the 2016 sitting was recorded at 59.3 per cent, this year saw a further decline with only 57.99 per cent of the students gaining Grade Threes and above at this essential subject.With that, Minister Henry posited that despite the improvements in some areas, the results this year do not merit a national celebration.On that note she relayed, “When you recognise that you’re you know going downward in terms of performances in several subject areas. I looked at 11 subject areas I will think it will not be consistent with normal behaviour for us to be celebrating that today.”As a result of the unsatisfactory performances, the Education Minister indicated that strategies will be put in place ensure improvement at CSEC in the coming years.“It seems to me there is a lot of work to be done, this is not the worst performance we have seen but Guyana certainly needs to be moving in a different direction when it comes to education,” Henry expressed.Moreover, emphasising the need for actions to be taken to better cater for the nation’s youth, Henry reassured those in attendance that, “It seems to be a long road ahead of us. The good thing though is the battle that we believe is quite a winnable battle and we will do all that we can possibly do with resources available to us and the Ministry of Education to ensure that we are on the right path where we can eventually get to the place where all you can see is joy and celebration,” but stressed, “we are not there as yet.”Nevertheless, of 12,684 candidates registered for CSEC this year, a sum of 164 students secured Grade One passes at eight subjects and more at the 2017 examinations. The results also reflect outstanding performances emanating from regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Ten and Georgetown.Of this total, 93 of the top performers hailed from schools across Georgetown, with Queen’s College walking away with the majority, producing 41 of the high flyers.
UN report…as report warns State must get aggressive to advance social protectionBy Jarryl BryanA recent report from the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) has stressed the need for more attention to be placed on social welfare and protection for the average citizen in middle-income countries – among which Guyana numbers. The report places a focus on social protection services being offered by Governments throughout the world. It details that there is more work to be done when it comes to eradicating child marriage. According to the report, up to last year, 30 per cent of children in Guyana got married by the age of 18. Haiti’s rate was listed as 18 per cent, while in St Lucia the prevalence of child marriage was recorded at 24 per cent. Data on this subject was missing from several otherOne of the Social Protection Ministry’s outreachesregional countries.As of 2017, the report also pegged Guyana as having a life expectancy rate of 69 years for females and 65 for males. It is a rate which does not compare well with the regional average. Trinidad and Tobago has a life expectancy of 74 for females and 67 for males, while Barbados’ rate stands at 78 years for females and 74 for males.According to the report, French Guiana’s life expectancy rate stands at 83 for females and 77 for males. Suriname’s rate is 75 years for females and 68 years for males. Even Venezuela’s rate of 79 years for females and 71 years for males exceeds Guyana’s, despite the economic challenges the Spanish-speaking country is beset with.One section of the report also ranks countries based on the rate of maternal deaths. It uses a Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) of deaths per 100,000 live births. According to the report, Guyana had a MMR of 229 deaths as of 2015.This is a regional high, when compared to the rates in other countries. According to the report, Jamaica had 89 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines clocked in at 48 and 45 respectively. Trinidad has an MMR of 63, while Barbados stood at 27.When it comes to women having access to antenatal care, the report paints a more favourable picture of Guyana. It notes that women in Guyana are afforded the same level of access to antenatal care irrespective of rural or urban residency.In terms of the prevalence of contraceptive use in females aged 15 to 49, 41 per cent of Guyanese women were found to use modern methods while 42 per cent used any method at all. The report also noted that 86 per cent of all births in Guyana had been attended by skilled medical personnel.RecommendationsThe report advises that bold initiatives be undertaken in order to increase access to health care, and contraceptives, and as many households as possible be included in the social protection net. While it noted that central governments must lead the way, it also pointed out that there was scope for civil society to get involved.“Beyond actions aimed specifically at reaching and empowering poorer people – the poorest 40 per cent – specific measures driven by central governments may be needed to shift highly unequal patterns in the distribution of wealth and other resources, and to counteract systemic barriers and risks that trap individuals in inequalities.”According to the report, “a national inequalities commission could bring together people from different parts of the government, civil society and business to consider options and assess whether policy choices are minimising or exacerbating inequalities”. The report states that poor access to contraceptives, lack of health care and high mortality rates are exacerbated in countries where little emphasis is placed on social protection.The report also notes that given the amount of evidence on how inequalities can worsen if deliberate attention is not given by the State towards closing the gaps, the report advises that extending modern contraceptive methods to poor households should be a priority.“Universal social protection may be one way to control inequalities. It requires everyone, whether they are working in informal jobs, retired or providing unpaid care work, to have access to basic income security, such as through pensions or income support for the working poor.”“It should also cover maternity, disability, child and similar benefits that are essential to well-being. A study of several poor and middle-income countries found that universal social protection would cost only one to two per cent of GDP [Gross Domestic Product]. This is much less than tax revenues that are lost by not taxing the wealthy effectively or tackling inefficiencies in existing public programmes,” the report states.
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Carole Brenan, Enterprise IrelandRichard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and InnovationPete Friel, Founder, Chartered Education, Donegal winner of Ireland’s Best Young EntrepreneurPatsy Donaghy, Manager, CoLab Innovation Centre, LetterkennyDonegal entrepreneur, Pete Friel of CharteredEducation.com, was among the outstanding young entrepreneurs at the recent New Frontiers Programme Networking event in Dublin.The event brought together over 150 entrepreneurs whose ideas have been identified as having strong employment and growth potential.Pete Friel, who was recently named Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur, started his business to provide eLearning solutions in an industry with a global skill shortage. Friel told Donegal Daily, “There’s a global shortage of qualified accountants.“CharteredEducation.com provides online study materials for the ACCA accountancy qualification.“And by providing students with access to quality exam preparation materials that can be accessed at any time from any device, we hope to play our part in increasing the number of qualified accountants to fill vacant positions.New Frontiers, Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme funded by Enterprise Ireland aims to accelerate the development of sustainable new businesses such as CharteredEducation.com. Speakers at the event included Richard Bruton, TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Catherine Goodman of Goodman & Associates. DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR HOPING TO LEAD THE WAY IN JOB CREATION was last modified: October 21st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessChartered EduationFinancial AccountantsGloballynewsPete FrielWEBSITE
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Moonves has expressed discontent this fall about the ideas he’s been given for revamping the “CBS Evening News.” Rather stepped down in March as its anchorman, and had made his intentions known publicly nearly a year ago. Many in the news industry were surprised that Heyward had survived in January when an independent report faulted CBS News for rushing a story about Bush’s military service onto the air without ever proving that documents upon which it was based were real. Three executives were forced to resign and the report’s producer, Mary Mapes, was fired; Moonves concluded that Heyward had been let down by his staff. McManus will take over as news chief on Nov. 7, one day before Mapes’ book on the episode will be published. Heyward, who described his departure as amicable, said he believed his exit had nothing to do with that incident. His contract was expiring at the end of the year. “This is Leslie wanting a change and so do I,” said Heyward, 55, who expects to remain active in the media business. NEW YORK – CBS on Wednesday appointed its top sports executive, Sean McManus, to replace Andrew Heyward as head of a news division still searching for Dan Rather’s replacement and seeking to rebound from last year’s discredited report on President George W. Bush’s military service. McManus, 50, follows in the path of the late Roone Arledge at ABC as an executive who took over a network news division while still running sports. Heyward will leave two months shy of his 10th anniversary running the legendary news division, a distant third in the ratings in both the morning and evening yet still the home of TV’s top newsmagazine, “60 Minutes.” “There was a general feeling that we needed a new vision, just a new way of looking at the news division,” said CBS chief Leslie Moonves. Heyward presided over the network’s recent aggressive moves to improve its Internet news delivery and orchestrated a delicate transfer of power at “60 Minutes” from founder Don Hewitt to Jeff Fager. He also established the spinoff “60 Minutes II,” which Moonves canceled last spring because of poor ratings. The appointment of a sports executive to take over news seemed a lot stranger a generation ago, before Arledge led ABC News to the top of the ratings in the 1980s. McManus, son of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning sports broadcaster Jim McKay, began at ABC Sports in 1977 and has been head of CBS Sports since 1996, negotiating the return of NFL football and a long-term deal to keep CBS Sports the home of the NCAA basketball tournament. “I know that covering a Super Bowl is not the same as covering a convention or an election, but I think there are probably more similarities than there are differences,” he said. With much of CBS Sports’ talent and the rights to cover certain events tied up in long-term deals, McManus will be able to concentrate primarily on the news division while his top deputy, Tony Petitti, runs sports day-to-day, Moonves said. Bob Schieffer, “Face the Nation” host and Rather’s fill-in on the evening news, praised the choice. “He’s got a great track record,” Schieffer said. “He’s innovative. He’s a guy with ideas. He’s made CBS Sports something we can all be proud of and he sets very high standards. I think all of that will translate very well.” The appointment will likely mean further delay in finding Rather’s replacement so McManus can put his stamp on the decision. McManus said he’s tried to attract top talent like Greg Gumbel and Phil Simms to CBS Sports and he hopes to do the same for the news division. Despite the success of the CBS entertainment division, the evening news has lagged far behind NBC and ABC in the ratings. It’s the same story in the morning – it has been for decades – although “The Early Show” has shown improvements. “Maybe it’s partially because of my sports background, but I am unbelievably competitive, and so is my boss Leslie Moonves,” McManus said. “Being in third place, whether it’s sports, entertainment or news, is not acceptable.” Only hours after his appointment, a politically oriented Web log reported that McManus had made a $250 contribution to the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2004. A year earlier, he contributed $1,000 to Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. A CBS spokesman confirmed the donations but would not comment about them. CBS is part of the media conglomerate Viacom Inc., while ABC is part of The Walt Disney Co. and NBC is owned by General Electric Co. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
LANCASTER – California Highway Patrol officers and sheriff’s deputies got training Wednesday in how to look for mechanical defects if a big rig is involved in a traffic accident. In a training session in the parking lot at Rite Aid’s distribution center in Lancaster, the CHP borrowed a big rig that had made a delivery to the drugstore chain as an example of a well-maintained vehicle. For comparison, the CHP brought in an old dump truck to show defects. The officers were shown how to look for problems, including cracked rims and frames, bald tires, excessive grease and oil, and bad hydraulic lines. “It’s to make the roads safer for the motoring public,” Officer Henry Ross, a CHP spokesman, explained. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
11 January 2008South African wine and spirits maker Distell has struck a deal with AV Brands, one of the US’s top 20 spirit importers and distributors, to promote two of its leading products – Amarula Cream Liqueur and Durbanville Hills wines – in that country.Distell, recently listed as the world’s tenth biggest wine marketer by international beverage data specialists Impact Databank, previously had its Amarula and Durbanville Hills brands imported and distributed in the US by Brown-Forman, for a period of six years.It already has an agreement with AV Brands to import and market two of its global lifestyle wine brands, Two Oceans and Obikwa.In a statement on Wednesday, Distell said the move came in the wake of AV Brands’ success with Two Oceans wine, which it had succeeded in listing with several leading US grocers, including Hyvee, which has 220 stores in the mid-west, 200 Publix stores mostly located in the south, and some 500 Food Lion stores located in the south and the mid-Atlantic region of the US.“AV Brands has rapidly developed the Two Oceans footprint across the US,” said Distell head of international operations Don Gallow. “We believe it has the potential to do the same with the additional two brands, particularly given its new leadership that enjoys an excellent reputation in major brand building.”Based in Columbia, Maryland, AV Brands currently sells over a million cases of international brands a year, including famous sherry brand Tio Pepe, as well as a range of wines from Spain, Italy, Argentina and Chile. Amongst the high-profile brands it represents are Luna di Luna (Italy), Caliterra (Chile), and Quara (Argentina).The importer-distributor, one of the top 20 in the US in terms of turnover, was recently acquired by the Cordoniu Group of Spain, producers of 11 still and sparkling wine brands in Spain, Argentina and California.“AV Brands has always said it doesn’t aim to be the biggest marketing company but one of the best, focusing on the organic growth of its current trading partners, while acquiring prestigious new brands,” Gallow said.“That Amarula and Durbanville Hills are regarded as strategic additions to its portfolio is an affirmation of the attraction these brands hold.”‘Great potential in the US’According to Distell, Amarula is South Africa’s biggest international liqueur brand, with an extensive global reach, and is the second biggest liqueur of its kind globally, while Durbanville Hills is one of South Africa’s leading wine brands.Gallow adds that Amarula will have a dedicated marketing team to advance the brand’s presence in the US.AV Brands’ president, Roy Danis, previously of WJ Deutsch & Sons, was closely involved in the success of Australian brand Yellow Tail, now the biggest imported wine label in the US, selling some 10-million cases annually.“We are proud to represent more of Distell’s portfolio in the US, strengthening the relationship between our two companies and our long-term commitment to each other,” Danis said. “We believe both Amarula Cream and Durbanville Hills have great potential in the US and we shall continue to build on the strong foundation started by Brown Forman.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Founder: Red EspressoWhy is Carl a Trailblazer?What does it take for an espresso addict from Johannesburg to revolutionise the Rooibos industry? Nothing, initially, except for the conviction that there must be a way to get a strong fix from something that doesn’t leave you shaking in your business boots three cups down the line.And that’s pretty much how it all started – with a caffeine-charged Carl ripping open a bag of Rooibos tea and experimenting with it in his espresso maker. In no time at all, and with a little help from expert product developers, Carl had created the world’s first Rooibos tea espresso.But if you think trying to convert people from coffee to Rooibos is tricky, think about how you might convince people that there is such a thing as a caffeine-free espresso.Even today, Carl says most people expect to taste coffee when they’re drinking Red Espresso. But, as experts will tell you, espresso is just a filtering method which can be applied to a variety of beverages.In his own words .“If you’ve got a good idea and you really believe in it, you’ve got to follow through on that idea and surround yourself with good people and give it a go. You’ve got nothing to lose.”Fast FactsRooibos only grows in one region in the world – the 110km region around the Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape.Rooibos is caffeine-free; free of oxalic acid colourants; free of preservatives; low in tannin.Research has shown that Red Espresso is four times richer in anti-oxidants because of the grinding process in an espresso machine.Red Espresso is made up of 100% espresso ground Rooibos tea.Red Espresso has won “best new product’ in the specialty beverages category at the world’s largest coffee exhibition; has been nominated as one of the “top 10 new products” at the World Tea Expo; and won the South African “Food Review product of the year award” in 2006.Where can I find out more?To find out more, visit Red EspressoStory published on SAinfo on 22 August 2008.Source: Brand South Africa
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